Rail safety issues and actions
Recommendation issued to: Australian Rail Track Corporation
|Date issued:||29 January 2008|
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|Background:||Why this Recommendation was developed|
The random wide pattern installation of steel sleepers that existed at Yerong Creek can cause localised variations in track stiffness which can impact on the riding qualities of rollingstock resulting in an increase in forces, including lateral forces.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the Australian Rail Track Corporation takes action to address this safety issue.
Prior to the derailment, the ARTC had undertaken a program to identify and conduct remedial action where steel sleepers have not been installed in accordance with standards. The ARTC had also indicated that they will be resleepering the Melbourne to Sydney corridor with concrete sleepers. This program has been confirmed and will ultimately result in the removal of all steel sleepers from the Melbourne to Sydney main line.